Douglas County Historical Society gives thanks |

Douglas County Historical Society gives thanks

Contact Ellen Caywood at or 790-1565.

We at Douglas County Historical Society hope all our readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. And while we are in this week of giving thanks, we would like to thank all those who have supported us over the past year. Thank you to those who are members, those who attend our events and those who enjoy the history we preserve for our community. Thank you to our volunteers and to all those who step forward when we are in need.

You have another chance to join us on Dec. 3. That is the day of our annual Christmas Gala where you will find a holiday’s worth of things going on. Be sure to be there when the doors open at 10 a.m. so you can get first choice for the cookies in our cookie walk. This is the best way to celebrate. You buy all the holiday cookies you want and you never have to turn on your oven.

While you’re inside the museum, enjoy the Christmas trees and the gingerbread houses. We almost hesitate to say “houses” since there have been complete gingerbread ranches and villages in past years. You will be able to vote for your favorites in both the gingerbread creations and the decorated trees. Winners will be announced closer to Christmas.

Out on the front porch we will have the Hank Monk sleigh set up for photos with Santa for you and your children and the family dog. Every year someone brings a dog to be photographed with Santa. Photos will be printed right while you wait so you can take them home or plan to give them as gifts to aunts, uncles and grandparents.

The Main Street Bookstore will be having a sale as well, so you can stock up on collector’s ornaments or gifts for all on your list. Remember that membership in DCHS entitles you to a discount in our bookstore and what better time to use it than during the holidays. Our 2012 calendar is also available for your use or for giving to family and friends.

We have a surprise for Melodrama enthusiasts. We have been told that we will have tickets for the coming Melodrama on sale during the Gala. The Melodrama will be held in the upstairs gallery in early February. As you who frequent our events know, the Melodrama sells out quickly, so get your tickets early. These would also make a wonderful gift.

Finally, plan to spend the evening with us as we open up our front lawn to Parade of Lights viewers. We will be open late and will be serving hot beverages to keep you warm.

On Dec. 8, David Toll, a prize winning Nevada journalist, will be our Lecture Series speaker. He will be talking about his new book on Joe Conforte, who started the Mustang Ranch. Prior to the lecture the museum will host a special open house starting at 6 p.m. to allow attendees time to tour the gallery of trees and gingerbread houses. The bookstore will also be offering special discounts throughout the evening. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free to DCHS members, $3 to non-members.

Join us this holiday season, and join in the fun.